Bob Harper's survival story is miraculous — and a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The 51-year-old trainer told the Today show he had "what they call a widowmaker" heart attack — there was "a six percent survival rate."
The reason he survived? Happenstance. There were doctors in the gym at the time of his heart attack. He had previously told NBC that a doctor performed CPR on him to save his life.
Bob has no recollection of the day he suffered the massive heart attack — he only can recall what he was told. "I don't remember that at all," he said. "I was told I went to the gym like I always do . . . at the end of the workout, I went down to the ground." Apparently that's not an unusual incident for CrossFit — as a CrossFitter himself, he explained that "go[ing] down to the ground" is typical in this style of exercise. It wasn't until at least a minute later that anyone realized Bob was in trouble.
"The coach went into full damage control," he said. "He found two doctors that [sic] were there. I was so lucky. . . . Thank God they were there." He went on to describe the resuscitation, saying "They started performing CPR on me. They pulled out the AEDs and used that on me twice before the paramedics got there."
"I was dead. I was on that ground dead."